AFP-MI: Passage of SB 661 will protect freedom of speech

December 12, 2013

Americans for Prosperity-Michigan Applauds Passage of SB 661,

Protects Freedom of People to Speak Through Issue Ads

LANSING, Mich. – Americans for Prosperity-Michigan today thanked House and Senate for passing Senate Bill 661 and protecting the freedom of the people to speak through issue ads. Scott Hagerstrom, state director of the grassroots group, issued the following statement:

“The people must be allowed to speak freely and without fear of intimidation or retribution. This legislation ensures they will continue to be able to speak, including through issue ads.  House and Senate lawmakers stood on principle today — casting a vote for our Constitution and the First Amendment.

“It is no secret that issue ads often tackle contentious topics and can make elected officials feel uncomfortable. However, they are absolutely essential to allowing citizens to have a vibrant and thriving conversation about important public policy issues.

“By allowing citizens who choose to speak through issue ads to maintain their privacy, this bill ensures the people can speak confidently and without fear of bullying or coercion.”

Americans for Prosperity-Michigan is a statewide organization of more than 87,000 activists committed to strengthening our constitutional government, establishing fiscal restraint, and giving taxpayers greater control over government. We are dedicated to recruiting, training, educating and motivating grassroots activists to be effective in their own communities. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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